Baby acne is a very common occurrence. It is sometimes present at birth, but more often it shows up a few weeks later, usually on the cheeks and sometimes it also appears on other areas, such as the forehead, chin, or back. Baby acne usually takes the form of small pimples containing a whitish substance, and these are sometimes surrounded by reddish skin.
There is no known specific cause for baby acne, and specialists’ opinions vary. Most babies experience some sort of baby acne, and it generally does not need extra concern. Baby acne usually clears up after a short while without any special treatment. Some possible causes of baby acne are :
•hormonal changes from leaving the womb and getting adjusted to breastfeeding
•the baby’s pores opening
Baby acne will often worsen if it comes in contact with saliva, milk, spit-up, dirty surfaces or strong soaps.
Baby acne should not be worried about. Babies have very sensitive skin and you should not attempt to treat the acne in any way. It is very important not to apply any sort of creams or substances that would be used in treating teenagers or adults. Such creams can damage baby skin. Do not squeeze or attempt to pick out the white substance in the pimples, this will most likely result in scarring and will not resolve the acne problem. Baby acne generally disappears after a few weeks if left alone. If you feel that your child is facing a particular bad case of baby acne, and it lasts for quite a while, consult a physician; do not attempt to solve the problem on your own.
Baby acne is very different from adolescent or adult acne. It is not caused or related to dirt in any way, and should not be treated in a similar fashion as you might treat acne on your own skin. Lotions and creams designed for adult use cannot be applied to baby skin. Keep the area affected clean but do not use any special soaps or cleaning agents in the process, warm water and mild baby soap will be more than enough for the job. If you believe your baby has an advance or chronic case of acne, consult a dermatologist for advice. In extremely rare cases, your doctor will prescribe medication for treating your baby’s acne. Remember to follow your doctor’s advice very carefully to obtain the desired results, failure to do so can have negative effects on your child’s skin and life.